ABOUT US WHO WE ARE • Student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments • Teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking OUR IMPACT WHO WE ARE • 125,00 participants annually • 1.5 million alumni • 38,000 volunteers worldwide • 48 States & 30 countries WHO • • • • PROGRAM OVERVIEW Up to 7 members can be on a team Students from kindergarten through university level participate Each team needs an adult Team Manager Team Managers help students stay on track but do not directly help the team develop their solution to the DI Challenge • Team Managers are often faculty members or parents WHAT • • • PROGRAM OVERVIEW There are seven new Challenges to choose from each year Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning • There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge WHEN PROGRAM OVERVIEW • Each season takes place from September through May • Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions WHERE • PROGRAM OVERVIEW The team’s solutions are assessed at regional, state or country tournaments • Most schools run DI as an after school program; some school districts incorporate the program into their electives curriculum • Every year, local volunteers help run 200+ tournaments around the world WHY • PROGRAM OVERVIEW Teams in our program learn higher order thinking and improve in creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving • Our participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships and learn to work together HOW PROGRAM OVERVIEW • Teams choose one of seven Challenges • After weeks spent creating and developing their solutions, they go to a tournament • Top-scoring teams advance, and the top tier goes to our Global Finals tournament—the world’s largest celebration of creativity • 15,000+ attend Global Finals A: TECHNICAL TEAM CHALLENGES Your vehicles are cranked and ready to tell their story. Will you push it, play it safe, or take the big risk? Just make sure you get In the Zone! • Present a team-created story about the dangers faced by vehicles, told from the point of view of one or more vehicles • Design and build small vehicles that are able to reliably and accurately travel specific distances • Use at least three different power sources for the vehicles B: SCIENCE TEAM CHALLENGES Art can begin with a flick of the wrist, but can it ride on the wind? If you take on this Challenge, you will imagine a character so light and airy that it could slip, slide and sail away! • Explore how the science of wind energy can be used to make kinetic art move • Design and create kinetic art that moves during the Presentation • Create and present an original story that features an invisible visitor • Integrate wind energy research into the story C: FINE ARTS TEAM CHALLENGES With the right camouflage, you can become anyone or anything. Superheroes and chameleons change themselves every day! Who will you be when you take the mask away? • Present a team-created story about a character that uses a disguise • Use only non-verbal theatrical techniques to present the story • Design and construct at least two masks that enhance the story D: IMPROVISATIONAL TEAM CHALLENGES The world has undergone a dramatic change overnight! OK team, grab some T-shirts and markers and see if you can make sense of this Change in RealiTee! • Create a 5-minute improvisational skit about life after a dramatic change and how the characters adapt to this change • Learn about different communication techniques and integrate one into the skit • Use only white t-shirts, washable markers and team members to create all costumes, sets and props • Create a slogan from three randomly selected nouns E: STRUCTURAL TEAM CHALLENGES Let’s do the twist! It goes like this: Build a structure that can survive a serious hit while holding weight. That’s what we’re torqueing about! • Build a structure made entirely of materials the team chooses from a list • Test the structure by placing weights on it, and by subjecting it to torque-inducing impacts • Produce a prop or costume made only of all the materials used in the structure • Tell a story that has an unexpected twist or surprising change SERVICE LEARNING TEAM CHALLENGES LIGHTS: Find a community need. CAMERA: Solve the problem the best way you can! ACTION: Then unveil your documentary film to a captivated audience. • Use collaborative problem solving tools to identify and select at least one real community need • Design and carry out a project to address the real community need • Create a movie that documents the project • Evaluate the project and prepare a thorough project review • Prepare for a live press conference EARLY LEARNING TEAM CHALLENGES The colors of the rainbow are everywhere you look. In this Challenge, it is time to celebrate them all on ROY G BIV’s birthday. Pick your favorite color and join the party! • Learn about the seven colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet • Create a play about Roy G. Biv’s birthday party • Dress Roy G. Biv in all the colors of the rainbow, and dress the guests in their favorite colors • Have each guest bring a gift that is made mostly of the color they are wearing AT THE TOURNAMENT APPRAISING • At the tournament, teams will solve two types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges • Teams will perform their Challenge solutions to a group of Appraisers. • Appraisers are local volunteers who have been trained to assess the Challenges • Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking AT THE TOURNAMENT • INSTANT CHALLENGES At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it • The team members must think on their feet to produce a solution in a period of just five to eight minutes. • Instant Challenges are performance-based, taskbased, or a combination of the two. • Instant Challenges are kept confidential until the day of the tournament. FLYING FEATHER INSTANT CHALLENGE Challenge: Build the tallest possible structure, place a feather on the top and then blow the feather off to land as far away as possible. Time: You have 5 minutes to use your teamwork, creativity and innovation skills to build the structure with the materials provided. You will then have one chance to blow the feather as far as you can. The Scene: You have been asked to build a new prop for the sequel to The Muppets. The structure must be as tall as possible so that the feather can fly a long distance. (Note: the structure must be free-standing on the table top) After the 5 minute build-time, the height of the structure will be measured. You will then place the feather on the top of the structure and with one large puff of air, see how far the feather will fly. Materials: aluminum foil, 2 paper clips, 4 straws, 3 sheets paper, 4 pipe cleaners, 1 label, feather START A TEAM TODAY PRICING We offer four packages depending on the number of teams that you plan to start. 1. One Team / $135* / About $19 per student with a team of seven) 2. Five Teams / $390* / About $11 per student with five teams of seven) 3. 30+ Teams / $2,340* / $78 for each additional team About $11 per student with 30 teams of seven) To be classified as an Institutional Customer, the customer must be a centralized school system (e.g., school district) or a recognized local chapter of a community organization that serves children, such as Boy Scout Troops and Girl Scout Troops or 4-H clubs. 4. Early Learners Team / Rising Stars! Team Pack / $55* (noncompetitive, ages 4-7 / About $5.50 per student with a team of 10 *There are additional fees for Affiliate administration, Affiliate tournaments and Challenge budgets.